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Van Dijk: “We Want to Improve on the Way We Play Next Season”

The Dutch international talks about winning the season, the final game, and his hopes for next season.

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The season is officially wrapped up in a very nice (and very shiny) bow and Liverpool managed to return from being a goal down against Newcastle to win their final match of the tournament. One of the Reds’ goals came from defender, Virgil van Dijk, who has had — I think we can all agree — a pretty decent season, all in all.

“Yeah, it was an outstanding game I think,” Van Dijk told the club’s official website. “Second half especially we played amazing football, we created chances and obviously well deserved the win. It’s a good feeling to go into a little break and hopefully we’ll be good to go and fresh for next season in a couple of weeks.”

A break will probably do him good given Van Dijk played every single minute of this season.

“It’s never easy to keep yourself fit, you have to also be a bit lucky and obviously I try to look after myself in the best way possible,” he said. “It’s an incredible feeling [to have played every game] and I think it’s the second season in a row that I’ve been playing 38 games so I’m proud of that and hopefully I can keep that going.”

“I think [my] personal highlight [of the season] is winning the Premier League! It’s been a big dream of mine coming through and I think for all of us, for this beautiful club, it’s outstanding and it should spur us on to try even harder to retain the title.”

And speaking of retaining the title:

“If I’m talking personally I don’t think I need any more motivation,” he added. “I want to go out there every opportunity there is, trying to get results with the boys, enjoy the game like, for example, the second half [today] I really enjoyed it: how we played, how we pressed, how we won the ball when we lost it. That’s the key for next season as well. We want to improve on the way we play and be as consistent as we have been this year. It’s going to be hard because consistency is the hardest thing in football but it’s going to be a nice challenge.”